Republic Live, producers of the Boots and Hearts Music Festival in Canada, is launching a new management division, RLive.
“It’s been a passion of ours since the beginning to seek out artists who we believe have incredible talent and potential,” shares Stan Dunford, Co-Founder of Republic Live and Boots and Hearts. “It’s time we take our enthusiasm for the industry, artists, and fans, and work to invest in the future of artists, while partnering with the best-in-class. We look forward to growing RLive with like-minded, hardworking individuals, that are looking for the next step or searching to find their place in the country music scene.”
Alberta native Casadie Pederson has been named Director of Artist Management and Development and will lead the expansion of the company beyond live festival events and into artist development and management. With offices in Toronto and Nashville, Republic Live’s RLive management division will be based in Nashville where Pederson will work alongside Republic Live’s Brooke Dunford, who continues to focus on talent buying and strategic growth for the company.
“I am so thrilled to be joining this admired team at Republic Live,” says Pederson. “Collectively everyone brings so much experience to the table and we are so excited to see where this will take us. This is the opportunity of a lifetime, and I can’t thank the RL team enough for welcoming me to a team that is dedicated to playing a bigger role in helping artists.”
With new music set to launch in March via a new partnership soon-to-be announced, country artist Tyler Joe Miller is the first signing to the newly-formed management division. Future plans include focusing on continued artist development and new signings, while enhancing the infrastructure across the company to play a bigger role in helping artists build and develop their careers.
RLive will focus on highlighting the artist development principles founded within the Boots and HeartsEmerging Artist Showcase to help launch the careers of emerging artists, while elevating top-notch talent to the next level. Canadian talent previously recognized as top finalists in the Emerging Artists program include artists such as Tim Hicks, Tenille Arts, Josh Ross, Robyn Ottolini, Owen Riegling, Jade Eagleson, James Barker Band, The Reklaws, Tebey and more. The national Canadian contest consistently receives over 400 applicants a year as Boots and Hearts plays host each summer, with finalists that have gone on to win numerous Canadian Country Music Awards, JUNO Awards and more.
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